EVOC Embedded Products Used in Self-service Solutions

1. Introduction of self-service systems
1.1  Role of self-service systems

Self-service system is an electronic information system which develops along with the electronics and information industry. It fully takes advantage of electronics, networking and information technologies to benefit people’s daily lives and industrial production. Delivering excellent quality, prompt and convenient service, self-service system is being used by an increasingly wider range of sectors, such as governmental departments, enterprises, schools, tourism and banking, covering every aspect of people’s lives. Self-service system plays an important role in their image building, business and procedure description, rules & regulations promulgation and smooth interaction among enterprises, governmental bodies and citizens.


1.2  Development trend of self-service systems
With the rapid economic development, state-owned banks and commercial banks are expanding their businesses. At the same time, they compete against each other by improving their service quality and hardware investment. As a result, increasing number of ATM, CTM, BSM and other self-service terminals are being put into use. Currently, there are two choices for the central control part of these self-service terminals: commercial PC and embedded & industrial PC. On the one hand, commercial PCs with a name brand deliver excellent performance at relatively low prices, and seem to be a good choice. However, commercial PCs are constantly being upgraded and designed for the latest technology, so users have to change the PC every three to four months. In addition, PCs used in banking applications have very complicated requirements, such as multiple serial ports, multiple parallel ports, audio card, network controller, dual display and multiple I/O ports. To satisfy these requirements, users have to add several boards/cards to the PC, which greatly increases the cost and leads to two crucial problems: compatibility and computer failure caused by unreliable ISA/PCI features. On the other hand, although ordinary embedded & industrial PCs can offer long-term product availability and withstand long-time operation, they are very expensive, which makes them no longer competitive on the market! Now EVOC Intelligent has recently launched industrial-grade embedded box PC, which offers quality of industrial PCs but is sold at commercial PCs’ price! It is an ideal choice for integrators of banking terminal systems. 
 
2. Description of self-service systems
2.1  Structure of self-service systems
ATM, the acronym of Automatic Teller Machine, is one the most common self-service banking terminals. It is a computerized telecommunications device that provides one of the basic banking services: cash dispensing. ATMs also allow consumers to deposit cash, check account information and change passwords. Apart from banking business, ATMs also deliver a series of functions, such as maintenance, testing, event report, monitoring and management, which requires that the embedded intelligent platform can provide corresponding expansion ports, and possess high level of reliability, flexibility, availability, security and sufficient expandability. The structure and operating principle of ATM can be seen from the diagram below: 

 

 

3. Advantages of a self-service banking terminal 
Effectively using hardware resource of terminal devices, the multi-functional self-service banking system supports not only cash transaction, but corporate banking business, saving account and credit card businesses, as well as various intermediary services and emerging services. This solution has the following advantages:


3.1  Operating costs can be reduced as many counter services can be transferred to ATMs.
3.2  Convenience to customers in turn attracts more customers, which boosts efficiency and profitability of banks. With optimized human resource allocation, banks can focus on key clients and provide more value-added and high-end services. 
3.3  The self-service banking system typically operates 24-7, which is much more preferable to conventional counter services. 
3.4  A bank can build a wider service network with ATMs more cost-effectively, because an ATM costs less than a banking outlet.
3.5  With friendly interfaces and powerful functions, self-service banking terminals support all personal businesses and a part of corporate businesses, such as withdrawing and depositing cash, checking account balances, updating bank deposit books, making transfers and charge agency service. Banking terminals can also help banks establish a favorable image among customers.  
3.6  The combination of self-service terminals and counter service greatly reduces the workload of banks, promotes new businesses/services, and enhances images and competitiveness of banks.
 
4. Block diagram of self-service terminal system

 

 

 

5. EVOC embedded motherboard specifications
5.1  Features of EVOC embedded motherboard EC7-1816

• Supports Intel® Celeron®M CPU, Intel® Core™2, Q9400, QX9650, 8400 and Core™2 Duo etc. FSC bus frequency is 80/1066/1333MHZ.
• Supports 2 x DDR3 memory slot, 800/1066MHZ, supports up to 4GB.
• Adopts INTEL G41+ICH7 integrated graphics core, supporting VGA, DVI and dual-display.
• 1 x PCI slot.


5.2  Specifications of EVOC embedded motherboard EC4-1812CLDNA
• Architecture: Mini-ITX.
• Processor: Intel® Celeron® M CPU, Intel® Core™2, Q9400, QX9650, E8400 and Quad-core Core™2 Duo series processors, etc.
• Chipset: INTEL G41+ICH7.
• System memory: 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM800/1066, supporting up to 4GB.
• Onboard video: INTEL G41+ICH7 integrated graphics core to support VGA, DVI and dual-display.
• Onboard LAN: 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps network port, supporting Wake-On-LAN and Netboot.
• Onboard audio: HAD audio port, supporting MIC-IN, LINE-IN and LINE-OUT.
• Storage controller: 2 x SATA.
• Multiple I/O ports: 8 x USB2.0 port, 6 x serial port (COM2-6 support RS-232; COM1 supports RS-232/422/485 and Wake-On-LAN; COM2/3/4 supports optional RI 5V/12V), 1 x PS/2 keyboard , 1 x PS/2 mouse port.
• WDT: 1-255 second/minute, 255-level, WDT timeout interrupt or system reset.
• Digital I/O: 8-bit GPIO.
• Expansion bus: 1 x PCI slot.  
• Power supply: ATX power supply.
• Dimensions: 170mm x 170mm.
• Operating temperature: 0°C - 60°C.
• Relative humidity: 5% - 90%, non-condensing.


5.3 Ordering information

MoNumber

Description

EC7-1816L2NA

Mini-ITX single board computer/INTEL G41+ICH7/2 x DDR3 DIMM slot/4G memory  maximum/supports VGA+DVI dual-display/2 x 0/100/1000M Ethernet/2 x SATA hard disk port/1 x IDE/8 x USB2.0 high-speed port/1 x audio port/6 x serial port ( 5 x RS-232, 1 x RS-232/485)/1 x PCI slot /standard ATX power supply or single 12V power supply/8-channel GPIO


 
6. Conclusion
EVOC embedded and industrial PC products have been widely recognized by the market and stood the test of time. Featuring flexible configuration, high security and stability, environmental adaptability, expandability, high performance-to-price ratio and excellent customer service, EVOC products have become ideal choices for system integrators of self-service terminals from across the globe. 



 

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